A Pen from Ken.
Many say they don't like New Year !
This is because at the end of a year we tend to look back! When we do this we don't always like what we see! A missed opportunity! A relationship gone wrong! A job lost! An almost unbearable bereavement!
I'm sure you could extend this list!
We are also sometimes afraid to look forward too much into what a new year might bring! Illness! Loneliness! Family problems!
So it isn't surprising that many folk don't like New Year! When we're happy we only wish things could stay like that and not change!
None of us are particularly happy with most changes in life!
And then we read from the New Testament in Hebrews 13 verse 8 that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever!
Changeless? How can this possibly be true?
Well for a start Jesus shows us clearly what God is really like! Loving, caring, forgiving supporting!
He didn't only TELL us this! He SHOWED us this by the way he lived and the things he did. So Jesus revealed the true nature of God to us.
But he did even more!
He showed us what KIND of people we were designed to be. Through his lovely life Jesus has shown us what we can be if only we will trust him and follow him!
So when I ask, How should I behave?
The answer is, Behave like Jesus!
Or, How should I treat other people?
The answer is, Treat them as Jesus would !
Perhaps I might ask, How can I face up to the temptations and challenges that this New Year may bring?
The answer is, Treat then in the way Jesus would , trusting God for his support and faithfulness.
So Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever to all generations of people because he is the supreme definition and revelation of God and at the same time he is the perfect example of what people can be and were meant to be when God made them.
Are you fed up with all the changes and fears in your life?
Then why not turn to the one who is the same, yesterday, today and for ever ?
He WILL support you! He WILL go with you through every hour and every day of this coming year!
Hold on to the changeless one!
Have a very happy 2017.